Paris’ most recognisable landmark, the structure that graces a million postcards, recently turned 125.
The Eiffel Tower. Love it or hate it. You cannot ignore it. When you walk through that part of Paris, it feels that any corner you turn, there it is. What is so charming about a tall tower of metal, that it welcomes 7 million people a year, paying a steep fee of €15 to take the lift to the top?
That’s what I wondered before I saw it for myself. And then I found myself wanting to go there again and again, especially loving it late at night when the lights come on and twinkle in time to the merry lights of the carousel ride on the opposite side of the road.
And then there are the views of the city from the top, the breeze that threatens to blow you right off and just that happy feeling of being on top of the world…
Here is some great reading on the man behind this engineering marvel – Gustave Eiffel.
“The tower sways around six to seven centimetres (2-3 inches) in the wind” – this and more fascinating facts about Eiffel Tower here.
And finally, some interesting photographs from the time of the construction of this icon.